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The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) have recently collaborated with the Perinatal Education Programme (PEP), and produced a textbook Maternal Mental Health published under the Bettercare label.

The PEP have long been involved with the continued training and education of health professionals, and the PMHP is an independent initiative based at the University of Cape Town within the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. The PMHP’s mission is to develop and advocate for accessible maternal mental health care that can be delivered effectively at scale, in low resource settings. The PMHP website has a range of resources and materials. 

The Bettercare Maternal Mental Health book is ideal for doctors, nurses and social workers involved with supporting and caring for mothers during the perinatal period. The book is available online or in print copy (Bettercare). The content includes practical approaches to the identification and referral of mothers with mental health problems as well as guidance for first-line management.

Those practitioners who achieve at least 80% on the formal exam are entitled to a certificate of completion.


Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Primary care
Specialist care
Maternal and neonatal health
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